Around the Bend; Annual Jewish Book Festival Is on Its Way It Will Be Held at the Jewish Community Alliance in November

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

Ethics, humor and sports are all part of the Jewish Community Alliance's 10th annual Jewish Book Festival, held from Tuesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 18, at the JCA at 8505 San Jose. Blvd.

Nationally renowned authors will discuss their latest works, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books, while limited copies will be available for sale. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the community with the exception of the Patrons Party.

The first author appears on Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of A Code of Jewish Ethics: Vol. 1, You Shall Be Holy.

On Thursday, Nov. 9 - baseball player Ron Blomberg, author of Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15- Rich Cohen, author of Sweet and Low, the story of a struggle over a fortune made by the invention of Sweet 'N Low.

On Thursday, Nov. 16 - Karen Taylor-Good, author of On Angels' Wings. Taylor-Good is a writer, singer and motivational speaker.

The final event is the patron's party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, with Sam Wolfson and Bryan Fogel, co-authors of Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People.

Tickets start at $75 per person, complete with dinner, although other levels ranging up to $375 are available. A corporate level sponsorship is $1,000, which admits four to the party and receives recognition in the program.

For information about becoming a patron, call Thelma Nied at 730-2100, ext. 227.

-- A free biographical video on the legendary escape artist and magician Houdini will be shown at 3:30 p.m. today at the South Mandarin branch library at 12125 San Jose Blvd.

-- Three more free "Man to Man" workshops will be held over the next three Monday evenings at First Baptist Church of Mandarin, 3990 Loretto Road.

The Rev. Gary Williams, senior pastor, will present the workshops at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 in the main sanctuary.

-- The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society holds its fifth annual Wine Tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Mandarin Fresh Market at 10950 San Jose Blvd. The event is open to the public for $25 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, or Fresh Market. …